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The Phantom Father (2011)
"Tatal fantoma" (original title)

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Credited cast:
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Robert Traum
Barry Gifford ...
Jack
Mihaela Sirbu ...
Tanya
Valer Delakeza ...
Sami
Mihai Constantin ...
Mayor Codrescu
Mimi Branescu ...
Alex
Victor Rebengiuc ...
Uncle Petre
Mariana Mihut ...
Aunt Florica
Iosif Pastina ...
small Robert
Nicodim Ungureanu ...
Hotel Receptionist
Vitalie Bantas ...
Vitali
Marcel Cobzariu ...
Vladimir (as Marcello Cobzariu)
Mirela Oprisor ...
Woman from Italy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrei Aradits ...
Codrescu Sr. (as Andrei Araditz)
Adriana Butoi ...
Sara Traum
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American professor Robert Traum embarks on an adventurous and amusing journey through Bucovina to find Sami the projectionist, the only person alive that can tell him anything about his Romanian Jewish descent. His symbolic journey is filled with danger, the unknown and the surreal, but finally rewarded with a double love: on the one hand he finds romantic love, on the other the passion for old cinema, nomad, popular, naive and generous. Written by Lucian Georgescu

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The credits mention three names that aren't present in the film. "Balkanski" is the name of director Lucian Georgescu's father, "Stein" was the name of Barry Gifford's father before emigrating to the US, and "Bose" refers to director Ovidiu Bose Pastina, who was originally supposed to direct the film but unfortunately passed away before production commenced. See more »

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Sami: I still believe in happy endings and I dream of the day when you will show up and tell me "I'm Robert Traum". What a beautiful dream!
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Excellent movie!
7 February 2012 | by (London) – See all my reviews

A must see movie! An extremely interesting story which captures the Romanian reality in a very original, different manner! I was so lucky to get a ticket at the Romanian Film Festival in London last November. I think everyone in the audience - both English and Romanians - loved it.

An extraordinary movie indeed, the best Romanian one I have seen so far, with great acting performances and a great music.

I would highly recommend it to everyone who wants to try a bit of Romanian humor, combined with a great story told by amazing actors.

Everyone should go to see this movie with high expectations... And you will not be disappointed!


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